Monday, November 24, 2008

Save the café!

An interesting...and somewhat depressing....story in the NYT yesterday about the demise of the French café culture. Seems the traditional café is an endangered species because, sadly for those of us who cling to an old fashioned view of the French, the French people are apparently becoming more, and this is the really alrming part, like us. Quelle horror!! Buying wine at the supemarket, eating at home, banning smoking in bars and cafés. As café owner Daniel Perrey succinctly put it in the article, “If we standardize everything in France, and we study everything, and forbid everything, we destroy respect for our culture. We need to preserve the cafe bar. What is a village but a cafe, a school, a pharmacy, a bakery and a city hall?”

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